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Donkey Punch (10/10)
by Tony Medley
Run Time 95 Minutes
Not for Children
What happens when seven ordinary young people,
inexperienced in the rough and tumble of life, are thrust into an
extraordinary situation requiring life-altering decisions to be made in
an extremely short period of time? That’s the dilemma faced by the seven
young people in this exceptional film.
Three young women,
Lisa (Sian Breckin), Tammi (Nichola Burley), and Kim (Jaime Winstone)
are on a holiday in Majorca, Spain.
They meet four attractive young men, Sean (Robert Boulter), Bluey (Tom
Burke), Josh (Julian Morris), and Marcus (Jay Taylor) at a party. Turns
out they are the crew of a yacht. As things progress the ladies agree to
accompany the men to the yacht for a drink. One thing leads to another
and they decide to go for a short cruise. Drugs are passed around and
three of the men accompany two of the women to a cabin where they have
sex. Suddenly, one of the women dies. This presents them with a dilemma,
what to do? The death was anything but accidental.
So there’s the deal. They find themselves like
William Golding’s boys in “Lord of the Flies,” cast adrift in their own
world, apart from civilization. In fact, in a ship in the middle of the
sea, they comprise their own civilization. Worse, they don’t have life
experience to fall back upon because they haven’t lived enough of it.
Trapped in their naiveté, they must solve their problem before returning
to civilization on the shore. Like Golding’s boys, they are pulled apart
by the alternative of drifting into savagery to solve their problem.
What is wonderful about this film is that a thinking audience is forced
to ask itself, “What would I do?”
As they try to deal with the problem, tension
mounts and violence rears its ugly head. Acts that none of them would
have thought themselves capable of suddenly become possible courses of
Written (with David Bloom) and directed by
Olly Blackburn, this was shot on a $2 million budget in 24 days.
shows a deft hand in spinning a spellbinding metaphor for what separates
people from civilization and barbarity.
This is such a believable tale told with pace
that never lags. The way the young women agree to accompany the men to
the ship, the way they all agree to go on a short cruise, and the
resulting actions are all told in a way that clearly could happen to
just about anybody. How they react to the situation is also eminently
They all start out as pretty frivolous,
inexperienced, happy, excited young people. Within a few hours they are
faced with their ordeal and as each faces the life-altering decisions
they must make, each changes drastically.
This film originally had an NC-17 rating
because of graphic, softcore sex, some violence, and drug use. But this
is a gut-grabbing, tension-inducing experience that may leave you
exhausted as you try to figure out what you would do in their
situations, and what they will do.
All the actors give exceptional performances.
It’s hard for me to single any out because they are all terrific, but
Sian Breckin is awesome as the beautiful blond who is game for
anything, and Nichola Burley is captivating as the young lady who is
dubious about the whole thing. As for the men, they all present their
respective characters in a manner that almost makes you feel like you’re
looking at something that is actually happening, so real are their
reactions to each situation as it arises.
My only criticism of the film is that the
accents and expressions were extremely difficult for me to understand. I
asked Breckin about that and she said that they had heard that from
other people and opined, jocularly, that maybe they should have used
subtitles. I would vote for that idea.
Although I would like longer to prepare this
review, I’m writing this immediately after my viewing of the film, which
I saw on opening day, because the film, to my knowledge, has just a
short one week window to see how it does. So I want to get this review
out as soon as possible. It’s playing at the Nuart in West Los Angeles until Thursday,
January 29. You won’t see a more brilliantly made, exciting film this
year, and there won’t be many that I recommend as highly.